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Jewelry Making: Most Popular Articles

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Not Sure What Type of Chord or String to Use...
There are a huge assortment of bead stringing media available. Here is some info on just a few to consider for your jewelry making needs.
10 Beginner Level Necklaces
10 Beginner Level Necklaces. Jewelry Making.
You Can Start Your Handmade Jewelry Business in...
Start Your Handmade Jewelry Business in 2015
6 Steps to Soldering Jewelry
Here is a step by step description of how to solder metals such as silver to make jewelry
Make Jewelry Now
Get started making jewelry now with this helpful hub of links to the basics of all kinds of jewelry making: bead stringing; bead weaving; wire work; metal clay; metal fabrication; metal soldering; fused and lampwork glass; and mixed media and fiber.
Trade Secrets Every Jewelry Designer Should Know
Have you ever thought about selling your hand-crafted jewelry to shops, boutiques, or galleries? My list of Dos and Don'ts when approaching retail outlets will help you get started.
The Jewelry Maker's Guide to Using Metal and Clay
Find out what you need to get started making jewelry with metal clay.
Traditional Bead Knotting
Adding knots between beads is a way to add a special something to beaded jewelry pieces. This traditional method has been around for centuries, but you can learn how to do it too.
8 New Jewelry Making Techniques to Try Now
8 New Jewelry Making Techniques to Try Now
Wondering What Type of Wire to Use for Your...
What Wire for What? - Learn about the different types of wire used for jewelry making.
How to Use a Jig to Make a Wire Bracelet
Continue Jig Wire Wrapping. Jewelry Making. Page 4.
How to Wire Wrap a Cabochon
This wire wrapping method works for wrapping a number of different sizes and shapes of cabochons, often referred as cabs.
Want to Be a Jewelry Designer? Here's What You...
Discover the very first step you need to take to become a jewelry designer.
How to Make Elastic Bead Bracelets
Learn to make an elastic stretchy-style beaded bracelet. Once you see how easy it is, you'll want to make yourself a whole wardrobe of these for every outfit in your closet.
Bead Knotting for Cheaters
Select String Medium. Jewelry Making.
What Type of Soldering Torch?
In this article, I discuss the use of the proper type of torch for soldering jewelry, explaining metal temperatures and fuel requirements. I also offer lots of excellent resources to help beginners learn to solder.
How to Put the Right Price Tag on Your Jewelry...
Use this pricing formula to figure out how much to charge (both wholesale and retail) for your hand-crafted jewelry. Page 3.
Beads and Beaded Jewelry Bead Jewelry Lover...
It is all about the beads! Here is a collection of projects and information for the bead lover, focusing on beaded jewelry techniques and bead jewelry projects.
8 Stash Busting Jewelry Projects
Stash Busting Jewelry Projects. Jewelry Making.
Making Charms Using Lost Wax Casting
Through a technique called lost wax casting, you can create your own metal charms and pendants.
How to Close a Crimp Bead
Crimp beads are used to finish off a beaded jewelry piece such as a necklace or bracelet. This tutorial shows how to use crimping plier to close a crimp bead.
How to Make a Wire Coil Clasp
Start Coiling Wire. Jewelry Making. Page 2.
Getting Started: Metalsmithing
Getting Started: Metalsmithing. Jewelry Making.
Harlequin Wire, Onyx, Mother of Pearl, and...
Nothing is more classic than the combination of black and white. Add some sterling silver wire to these beads, which are a mixture of mother-of-pearl, black onyx, and crystals, and the metal really makes this necklace pop.
First Peep at New Jewelry Making Products
New Product Videos from CHA Show 2014
Tips for Soldering Jewelry
Soldering jewelry doesn't have to be difficult, and to make sure you solder successfully, here are some tips to consider.
5 Basic Jewelry Making Tools for Beginners
Vicki O'Dell helps narrow down the options for beginning jewelry makers in - 5 Basic Jewelry Making Tools for Beginners
Getting Started: Bead Stringing
Bead stringing is an excellent way to get started making jewelry for the first time. This article discusses the tools, supplies, and related information you need to start making beaded jewelry.
What Is Mother of Pearl - Real Pearls or What?
Mother of pearl is an amazing material for jewelry making. Learn more about this unique item, where it came from, and the various properties that define mother of pearl.
Macrame Knot Library
I’ve created this handy Knot Library to help you find and learn the knots you need for your macrame and fiber jewelry making.
Oxidizing with Silver Black
Silver Black is a product used by some metal workers to oxidize their finished jewelry. It's pretty easy to use, and it has an interesting affect on your metal jewelry.
Melting Jewelry Making Metal
Why can't you use a soldering gun or iron rather than a torch with a flame when soldering jewelry? Here's why! Page 2.
How to Get Started Making Seed Bead Jewelry
You would be amazed at how little you need to start making jewelry using tiny glass seed beads.
Tips for Packaging Jewelry When Selling On-Line
Creating a Jewelry Brand. Jewelry Making. Page 2.
About Metal Casting Services
So, you have an idea for a charm or pendant but need someone to make it for you? What do you do? Consider using the services of a metal casting company.
Birthstone List
List of months and related birthstones for each month - very handy for making mothers' bracelets.
Easy Stone Setting
Setting stones doesn't have to be difficult. Here are a few tricks of the trade.
Crimp Bead Size vs. Beading Wire Size
What size crimp bead do you use with each different size of beading wire? I get this question a lot.
11 Beautiful Beginner Level Bracelets
11 Beautiful Beginner Level Bracelets
Signing Your Jewelry
Sign your jewelry by using little metal tags. Here's some information and links to suppliers to help you either make or buy prefabricated tags.
Bead String Tools & Equipment
Learn about the tools and special equipment you need to get started stringing beads. Page 3.
Make a Dichroic Fused Glass Pendant
Even if you are a beginning glass artist, you can make this Dichroic Fused Pendant with just a small amount of supplies and little to no glass experience.
Jewelry Making Fuel Issues
The type of fuel you use is also an important element to consider when you select the proper type of torch to solder jewelry. Page 3.
Making a Bead & Wire Chain
Learn to transform a little wire and a few beads into an awesome chain using this simple jewelry fabrication technique.
Endless Knotted No Clasp Crystal Necklace...
Insert Corsage Pin. Jewelry Making. Page 5.
Chain-Nosed Pliers
Chain-nosed pliers are a versatile hand-tool used for a variety of jewelry techniques, from wire work to beading.
I Want to Be a "Fine" Jewelry Designer
What is fine jewelry? What does it take to become a designer of fine jewelry? These are just a few questions I cover in this informative article.
Types of Wire: What’s the Diff?
What's the difference between gold and gold-filled wire? What is fine silver and sterling silver wire? Learn the differences between types of jewelry making wire.
How to Launch Your Handmade Jewelry Business
Launching Your Handmade Jewelry Business
8 Pairs of Earrings for Beginners
8 Beginner Level Earrings to Make
How to Cut a Hole in Glass
How to Cut a Hole in Glass. Jewelry Making.
Metal Clay Firing Options
Depending on the type of metal clay you have, from original silver metal clay to copper metal clay, there are a number of options for firing it. This may include anything from a kiln to a simple hand-held torch.
Bead Stringing Information & Projects
Learn about the different where to find more information and projects to get started stringing beads. Page 2.
Wire Wrapped Beads
This wire wrapping techniques allows you to connect beads together while also wrapping each bead with wire, creating a little wire cage for each bead.
More Metal Jewelry Resources
In this article, I discuss the use of the proper type of torch for soldering jewelry, explaining metal temperatures and fuel requirements. I also offer lots of excellent resources to help beginners learn to solder. Page 4.
What Is Swarovski Crystal?
Swarovski is a company famous for its crystal beads and jewelry components. Learn what makes Swarovski crystal beads and components distinguishable from other crystal beads.
How to Weave a Beaded Ladder Stitch
The ladder stitch is a staple bead weaving stitch and surprisingly easy to do. This is a good stitch for beginners to tackle.
How to Use a Bead Tip
Learn the basics for using bead tips to finish off your beaded jewelry designs.
Fixing Jump Ring Problems
Jump rings are very important jewelry components. This article covers not only how to make them yourself, but also how to make sure your jump rings stay attached to your jewelry.
How to Use a Bead Board
Learn to use a bead board with your bead stringing and beaded jewelry designs.
Beaded Ornament Cover
Use your beading skills to create this netted ornament cover from seed beads and tear drop beads.
Snap-Tite
Learn to use a Snap-Tite setting. Page 2.
How to Cut a Stone Cabochon
First a Stone Slab. Jewelry Making. Page 2.
What is Metal Clay?
This silver and gold clay is a great alternative for those who want to work with metal but not with a torch.
Fast Track Your Handmade Jewelery Business for...
Why Your Handmade Jewelry Business Needs a Business Plan
Fine Jewelry Designing
Take the first step to becoming a fine jewelry designer. Page 2.
How to Bead Around a Cabochon
Incorporating cabochons is a great way to expand on seed beaded jewelry designs, and the basic technique is not that difficult to master.
Easy Mount
Learn to set a stone in an easy mount setting. Page 3.
Jump Ring Techniques
You need to make sure you properly open and close your jump rings. Page 3.
Beads and Findings for Bead Stringing
Bead stringing is an excellent way to get started making jewelry for the first time. This article discusses the tools, supplies, and related information you need to start making beaded jewelry. Page 4.
Cover Your Crimps!
What a fabulous idea: covers for your crimp beads! It's about time too! Learn how to use these cool covers to disguise your crimp beads and add a special touch to all your jewelry designs. - Step #1. Page 2.
Types of Solder
Learn about the different types of solder used for soldering metal jwelry such as gold and silver, medium and soft, and sheet and wire.
Make Your Own Ear Hooks
With practice, a few hand tools, and a little wire, you'd be surprised at how simple it can be to make your own jewelry findings. Ear hooks are one of the most often used findings, and they are one of the simplest to make also.
Getting Started - Finding Classes
If you want to learn how to make jewelry or just learn more about techniques you use now, then read this feature to find out how to locate classes near you
Seed Bead Earring Projects
Weave tiny glass seed beads into beautiful earrings.
Bead Weaving Fringe Earrings
Bead Weaving Fringe Earrings. Jewelry Making.
Earring Findings
Learn what a head pin is and what it is used for when making beaded jewelry. Page 6.
Hematite - What Is Hematite?
Hematite is a very popular gemstone, but what exactly is it?
How to Create Home Studio for Fused Glass
If you’ve fallen in love with making glass beads or fused glass or if you’ve always wanted to try glass, then eventually you’ll need to create a place for yourself and your glass. Here are a few tips to help you create your own safe place to work with glass.
Jump Ring Quality
What makes a quality jump ring? Jewelry Making. Page 2.
To Buy a Kiln or Not to Buy a Kiln
I get a lot of email concerning kilns. This is a big decision to make for most jewelry makers. Before you buy a kiln, consider some important questions you need to ask yourself.
Bead Stringing Techniques
Learn the basics when it comes to bead stringing and master various techniques.
What is a Cabochon or Cab?
Cabochons are a certain cut of stone that is used often in jewelry designs such as rings, pendants, bracelets, and necklaces.
Create a Wire and Bead Spider
A very popular project - here is a Halloween spider to make from wire and beads.
10 Tips for Saving Money in Your Jewelry Making...
10 Tips for Saving Money in Your Jewelry Making Business
Metal Clay Hot Pot
I heard a lot of pros and cons from various metal clay artists before I finally decided to try using a metal clay hot pot myself. Here are my thoughts on if this little pot has the right stuff.
Stringing Mediums for Beads
Bead stringing is an excellent way to get started making jewelry for the first time. This article discusses the tools, supplies, and related information you need to start making beaded jewelry. Page 5.
Jewelry Hang Tags and Earring Card Tips
Learn how to make your own or get someone else to help you design your own hang tags and earring cards.
Making Wire Wrapped Loops
Start the Loop. Jewelry Making. Page 2.
Get Started Making Wire Jewelry
If you have always wanted to make jewelry using wire, then this article will tell you what you need as far as tools to get started.
Bead Stringing Findings
Learn how crimp beads are used with bead stringing. Page 3.
Making a Beaded Bead
This technique is amazing and a great way to learn or practice a bead weaving stitch called peyote. You literally weave tiny seed beads together to form a tube-shaped bead.
Proper and Quick Jump Ring Techniques
This technique describes the old school method for making jump rings. Page 2.
Sterling Cuff Bracelet
File and Texture Silver. Jewelry Making. Page 3.
How to Make Silver Bangle Bracelets
Only one solder joint is required to make these silver bangle bracelets. You'll want to make a few to wear and jingle on your wrist.
Make a Hook and Eye Clasp from Wire
Start the Wire Hook. Jewelry Making. Page 2.
What Is Base Metal Jewelry?
: As a jewelry maker, you may often hear the term "base metal" being used. Metals are obviously important
Jewelry Clasps and Connectors
Learn what a jump ring is and how it is used in making beaded jewelry. Page 2.
Software for Serious Jewelry Designers
Jewelry designers need all the help they can get when it comes to getting organized.
Making Jump Rings
Learn how to make jump rings. Jewelry Making. Page 4.
Beaded Wire Bangle Bracelet
Beaded Wire Bangle Bracelet. Jewelry Making.
Tips for Baking Polymer Clay
It can be tricky to get your polymer clay pieces baked correctly, so here are some tips for success.
Definition of a Lariat Necklace
Learn about the lariat, an interesting style of necklace.
October Birthday-Which Birthstone Do You Choose?
October Birthstone - Opal and Tourmaline
Free Wire Chain Patterns
Use wire and links to create a variety of chain patterns to use in your jewelry designs. Many of these require no soldering.
Crimping Pictorial
Look at the Crimping Pliers. Jewelry Making. Page 2.
Jewelry Studio Organization Tips
Create a Mobile Jewelry Studio. Jewelry Making. Page 5.
Solder Tip 1: Fit
Solder Tip 1: Fit. Jewelry Making. Page 2.
Buying Jump Rings
You Can Buy Jump Rings. Jewelry Making. Page 5.
What Is Resin or Two-Part Epoxy?
Learn about resin also referred to sometimes as two-part epoxy and how it is used in jewelry making.
How to Fire Copper Metal Clay
Copper metal clay, or CopprClay as its brand name is spelled, must be fired in a kiln. Here are some step by step instructions to explain how.
Stone Setting Results
This is an example of one easy stone setting ruby pendant. Page 4.
Tips for Selling Jewelry at Shows
Selling your jewelry at shows is a good way to earn a little income with your jewelry as well as learn about your customers.
Tips for Making Threader Earrings
Have you made any threader earrings yet, or are you thinking of making yourself a pair soon? If so, then you'll want to take a look at some of these ear thread tips compiled from the Jewelry Making forum. Some are tips from me and some are tips from forum members.
Solder Tip 2: Clean
Solder Tip 2: Clean. Jewelry Making. Page 3.
Do the Jig
While there are a lot of good commercial wire jigs on the market these days, you can also make your own with some wood and a few nails.
How to Weave Brick Stitch
Start Brick Stitch. Jewelry Making. Page 2.
Think About the Future
Think about your future in the world of jewelry. Page 3.
The Metalsmith Reborn!
New and better than ever....find out why Tim McCreight's newest edition of his famous book, Complete Metalsmith, is do different from past editions.
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